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Northshire Manchester: Joseph Bruchac – Dawn Land

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Joseph Bruchac, a citizen and member of the Elders Council of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation, and an award-winning writer, poet, musician, and traditional storyteller, will join Northshire Books to celebrate the 30th anniversary re-issue of his beloved novel, Dawn Land, a dramatic illumination of the highly developed lives and values of native people.

About ten thousand years ago in the northeast, the Abenaki– People of the Dawn Land – created a thriving community in social and ecological balance with nature and with each other. One of the finest sons of the People is Young Hunter, who dedicates himself to becoming a pure hunter. But a shadow is crossing over this place, threatening his beloved homeland, and Young Hunter is called to its defense.

The deep-seeing one of his village, Bear Talker, tells him that the change will be brought by beings of great power, with cold hearts and a terrible hunger, and Young Hunter has been chosen to fight them.

“This young one will do things for the people,” Bear Talker thought. “If he survives…if he survives.”

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Not knowing what the threat is, Young Hunter embarks, with his faithful dogs, on a journey that will take him to new lands and test his resolve in unforeseen ways. Given a special weapon called the Long Thrower, he must learn the secret of its power by studying with the deep seer Medicine Plant. A woman apart, she is a fine example of the importance of women in Native society.

More than an action-packed saga of a dangerous journey, Dawn Land is a dramatic illumination of the highly developed value system of these native people. Its unforgettable story enriches the reader with a greater understanding of the lifeways of native peoples, lifeways that survive to this day because they are built on maintaining balance and harmony with nature.

A citizen of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation, Joseph Bruchac has authored over 170 books in numerous genres and his poems, fiction, and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications from American Poetry Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Parabola, and National Geographic to Junior Scholastic and Highlights for Children.

His ground-breaking book Keepers of the Earth (co-authored with Michael Caduto), which uses traditional Native American stories to teach about science, has sold over a million copies and been adopted in schools throughout the United States and Canada.

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Date:
May 10
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6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main St.
Manchester Center, VT
802-362-2200

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